Assistant Director (Investigations)

Washington, D.C
Jul 24, 2021
Jul 27, 2021
Executive, Director
Full Time


Established as a statutory office by the Government Accountability Office Act of 2008, GAO's Office of the Inspector General independently conducts audits, evaluations, and other reviews of GAO programs and operations and makes recommendations to promote economy, efficiency, and effectiveness in GAO. The OIG also investigates allegations of fraud, waste, and abuse, including the possible violation of law or regulation within GAO.

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Manages and performs all aspects of investigations to produce timely reports of investigation or memoranda to management. These investigations involve extremely complex and sensitive investigations of alleged or suspected violations of criminal and civil laws, and agency rules and regulations, with particular emphasis on white collar crime that involves fraud, waste, abuse, and government corruption.

Independently presents cases to prosecutors and works with prosecutors to prosecute cases. This includes participating in grand jury and trial proceedings.

Leads criminal investigative staff and teams by advising, consulting, and performing quality assurance for investigations and other work (e.g., non-investigative and administrative tasks)

Assists the Assistant Inspector General for Investigations (AIGI) in creating a vision for the development and implementation of OIG investigative policies and procedures.

Implements and monitors investigative planning.

Contributes to the improvement of OIG operations through advanced use of technology and process improvements.

Advises OIG management of progress or problems related to ongoing investigations.

Represents the OIG in discussions with GAO officials and others, as appropriate

Produces or assists others to produce clear and logical products that are targeted to the audience in terms of scope and reflect the value of the work done.

Performs other duties as assigned

Travel Required

Occasional travel - .

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential


Conditions of Employment

  • You may be required to undergo a background investigation.
  • You may be required to submit a financial disclosure report.
  • If selected, you must pass a fitness-for-duty examination.
  • This position does NOT authorize carrying a firearm.
  • You will be required to separate on the last day of the month you become 57 or complete 20 years of service if over that age.
  • If you are a male applicant born after December 31, 1959, you must certify that you have registered with the Selective Service System or are exempt from having to register.
  • You will be required to complete a two-year probationary period unless you completed a probationary/trial period at GAO after October 1, 1980.
  • This position is NOT eligible for Law Enforcement Availability Pay (LEAP).
  • This position's eligible for law enforcement officer (LEO) special retirement provisions.
  • You must be a U.S. citizen.


1. You must have experience in a law enforcement position where your primary duties involved investigating, apprehending, or detaining individuals suspected or convicted of offenses against the criminal laws of the United States or protecting the personal safety of United States officials.

2. Successfully completed the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center's Criminal Investigator Training Program (CITP) or an equivalent basic criminal investigator training program.

3. Applicants must have 1 year (52 weeks) of specialized experience at the next lower band or level equivalent in the Federal Service, or comparable private/public sector experience which has equipped the applicant with the skills and knowledge to successfully perform the duties of the position.

Specialized experience is defined as:
  • working in an organization with a criminal investigation mission (e.g., Office of Inspector General, Criminal Investigative Division);
  • independently issuing and enforcing subpoenas;
  • independently referring cases to prosecutors; and
  • determining appropriate search and seizure activities for an investigation (i.e., search warrants, when to give Garrity and/or Kalkines warnings at subject interviews).

You must meet all qualification requirements before the announcement closes.

4. If selected, you must pass a fitness-for-duty examination that will assess if you have:
  • Manual dexterity with comparatively free motion of finger, wrist, elbow, shoulder, hip, and knee joints;
  • Arms, hands, legs, and feet that are sufficiently intact and functioning to perform the duties of the position;
  • Sufficiently good vision in each eye, with or without correction;
  • Near vision, corrective lenses permitted, that is sufficient to read printed material the size of typewritten characters;
  • Hearing loss, as measured by an audiometer, that does not exceed 35 decibels at 1000, 2000, and 3000 Hz levels;
  • Emotional and mental stability; and
  • Any physical condition that would cause you to be a hazard to yourself or others.


There is no education requirement for this position.

Additional information

This is a non-bargaining unit position.

OPTION FOR ADDITIONAL SELECTIONS: Based on the staffing needs, additional selections may be made through this vacancy announcement.

Travel and relocation expenses will not be paid for by the GAO.

Males born after 12/31/59 and at least 18 years of age must be registered with the Selective Service System. Visit

Selectees will be required to complete questions contained on the Declaration for Federal Employment (OF-306) at the time a tentative job offer is made. If selected, at the time of appointment, selectees will be required to update the OF-306.

REASONABLE ACCOMMODATION: GAO provides reasonable accommodations to applicants and employees (and interns) with disabilities. To request an accommodation, please email

The U.S. Government Accountability Office's policy is to provide equal employment opportunity for all regardless of race, religion, color, sex (including pregnancy), national origin, age, disability, genetic information, sexual orientation, or gender identity.

The U.S. GAO is part of the Legislative Branch of the Federal government. As such, all positions are in the excepted service. Initial appointments, permanent or indefinite, to the GAO require completion of a one-year or two-year probationary period.

GAO's OIG does not currently have Federal Law Enforcement Authority. Therefore, this position does NOT include Law Enforcement Availability Pay (LEAP). However, the position is covered under Federal Law Enforcement Retirement.

How You Will Be Evaluated

You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.

If you meet the qualification requirements stated above, you will be further rated based on your responses to the vacancy questions. Please make sure that your responses to the vacancy questions are supported in your resume. Please follow all instructions carefully. If you provide incomplete answers, fail to provide a narrative response to any vacancy question(s) that requires further explanation, or if your response to a vacancy question is "see resume", your rating may be affected or you may be determined ineligible.

Proficient knowledge of federal investigative standards, such as the Council on the Inspectors General on Integrity and Efficiency (CIGIE) investigative standards, and investigative techniques to carry out the OIG mission and function and ensure the soundness, quality, and reliability of OIG work.

Familiarity with OIG investigations.

Comprehensive knowledge of an organization's mission and operations sufficient to plan and investigate issues involving agency employees, programs, and operations.

Demonstrated ability to effectively represent OIG and skillfully leverage relationships with staff and managers at all levels and in all units, including working with offices and teams to ensure that investigations are conducted efficiently and effectively.

Expert knowledge of, and skill in applying, a wide range of complex inspection, investigation, and compliance principles, concepts, and practices; criminal and case law precedents; administrative and legal procedures; requirements of various legal jurisdictions; a broad range of advanced investigative techniques, research methodologies, and statistical and financial analyses; and business practices common to regulated entities and parties sufficient to develop supportable cases for presentation and/or prosecution; conduct inspections and investigations where significant difficulties are encountered; interpret complex laws and regulations; develop new approaches, methods, or procedures in data gathering and analysis techniques; recognize and resolve discrepancies and/or inconsistencies among findings; obtain and/or reconstruct missing or withheld documents and information; and collect and confirm information from a variety of sources.

Skill in communicating orally and in writing the results of investigations and investigative activities conducted to meeting with and brief senior management officials to effectively explain potential investigative activities and operations. This includes preparing executive summaries and formal Information Reports, Memorandums of Investigation, and reports, as appropriate. By way of definition, oral communication may include methods used by employees with disabilities such as sign language interpretation, text-to-speech or TTY technology, and amplification devices.

Skill in reporting facts clearly, accurately, logically and objectively in both concise written form and oral discussions and coordinate multiple phases of an investigation, or separate investigations being conducted simultaneously.

Skill in analyzing investigative work produced by investigative and operational staff to ensure administrative, investigative, operational, and technical sufficiency; compliance with professional investigative and quality standards; compliance with established federal rules, regulations, and laws; and readability.

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Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance
Not Required

Drug test required

Required Documents

You must provide a complete application package which includes:

- Resume: must be created using the USAJOBS resume builder and show relevant work experience.

- If you are using your education to qualify (even partially), you must submit a copy of your transcripts. Transcripts do not need to be official, but if you are selected for this position and you used your education to qualify, you will be required to provide official transcripts. Foreign Education: If you are submitting a transcript from a non-US educational institution, applicants must submit all necessary documents to a private U.S. organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign educational credentials, commonly called a credential evaluation service.

- Veteran Hiring Authority Eligibles: VEOA, VRA, and 30% Disabled Veterans must submit adequate proof of active service in the Armed Forces including Member 4 copy of your DD-214, which indicates character of service. To claim 10-point veterans' preference, you must also submit an SF-15 and a letter from the Department of Veterans Affairs verifying the percentage of your disability and preference in hiring. To claim 5-Point veterans' preference, you must submit a Member 4 copy of the DD - 214 or if you are currently active duty: an official statement of service from your command.

- Current or former federal employees must submit their most recent Notification of Personnel Action (SF-50 or equivalent), showing tenure, type of service (competitive/excepted) and the highest grade held.

- If you are applying under the Schedule A hiring Authority for individuals with disabilities, you must submit proof disability.

-Writing sample:
  • Must show your investigatory writing
  • Must be five pages or less
  • A redacted document is acceptable

Failure to submit any of the above mentioned required documents will result in loss of consideration due to an incomplete application package. It is your responsibility to ensure all required documents have been submitted.

If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:

Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education .

Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.

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